Family Christmas Traditions

Its now 3 days until the big day and as you can imagine with having 6 kids the excitement is brewing at lightning speed in my house. The Family Christmas Traditions haven’t really changed since I was a little girl. Apart from the added additions of Christmas Eve boxes. I love discussing with my friends how they spend Christmas and do they have any traditions that have followed on since their own childhoods.

Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve

Family Christmas Traditions

We wake on Christmas Eve morning and have of obligatory morning fry up. I always have all mad Christmas prep ready for this day so for us its very much a day of kicking back and relaxing. The boys will find their Christmas Eve boxes under the tree. These consist of new pj’s, Christmas DVDs, hot chocolates and a few books and a chocolate Santa. As I mentioned this day is all about relaxing and spending time together as a family. Copious amounts of crisps, dips and mince pies are normally consumed with the lovely addition of a selection of meats for tea, bread, baked camembert and more. We end the night trying to get the smalls to bed and asleep by a semi-reasonable time before the crazy day begins.

 

Christmas Day

Family Christmas Traditions

I have always even in my married life spent Christmas Day at my mums. We come from a very small family and it’s only me and my brother and 1 aunt who lives in Canada. So all 8 of us plus my brother head to my mums late morning. Pre leaving ours we have the mountain of gifts to get through. Santa always leaves a lovely selection of gifts under the tree for all and they get opened as soon as we wake up (we always hope for a late start but it never happened, the joy of having smalls eh) After the large collection of wrapping paper is removed I make a start on the breakfast. It always consists of pure juices, cereal and pancakes and bacon. After eating ourselves into a food coma we make our way to my mums. We then begin the mammoth task of opening all her gifts to us and the same back. Its been this way since I was small all the family sitting in the living room, eating nibbles, drinking champers and opening gifts. It honestly takes us until 2 pm to get sorted as my mum likes us to open a gift at a time and with 11 people it takes an age. It’s then Christmas dinner time. The meal that we all lust over but are far too full to eat ha. After this its lie around and hope we can actually make the move to the car to come home.

Boxing Day

It’s pretty much a rerun of the day before minus the presents. We go back to mums for another massive meal and then spend the rest of the day playing with the children’s new gifts and watching Xmas movies.

Family Christmas Traditions

It’s so funny how family traditions can carry on through generations. I love how we spend Christmas, in fact, I can’t imagine it any other way. We have lost loved ones over the years but the day itself has never changed and I hope my children create some magical traditions when they grow up as well. Do you have any family traditions? new or old?

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9 Comments

  1. December 23, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I love all the traditions at this time of year. Over the last few years we have started having a big Mexican feast on Christmas Eve which I love, it’s such a nice time to all come together and eat lots! We always have a big Boxing day brunch too with bubble and spueak. Yum, I can’t wait!! Happy Christmas.

  2. December 23, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Ours involves traveling up to my parents days leading up to Christmas like today and staying until Christmas Day or Boxing Day depending on personal plans.

  3. December 23, 2017 / 10:50 am

    We all spend Christmas at my mums too, despite being adults and some of us with kids! Tradition is what makes Christmas for me!

  4. December 23, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Christmas time is all about being able to relax enjoy spending time with family and friends.Your sounds really lovely and very enjoyable.

  5. December 23, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Mine is getting drunk and eating too much chocolate. I also like to chill out. I do love my Christmas traditions – its always something to look forward too. xx

  6. December 24, 2017 / 6:26 am

    I love hearing about people traditions and it is nice to get to spend time together as a family. For us it is just the two of us, so the traditions are not quite as grand x

  7. December 24, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Its amazing that your traditions haven’t changed after marriage. So many of mine had to change to accommodate the in-laws and my hubby and I are in the process of trying to make our own traditions – like a long lazy dog walk and opening our presents to each other on Christmas Eve.

    C x

  8. December 24, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    That sounds like a lovely way to spend Christmas, hope you all have a lovely time.

  9. chichi
    December 30, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Ah festivals are all about family and i am so happy you have loads!! I do go into food coma after festivals!

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